Now in its fourth printing, The Birth Partner, 4th Edition has been revised and updated. This is the definitive manual for any helpful companion at bedside. Since the original publication of The Birth Partner, new mothers' partners, friends, relatives and doulas (professional birth assistants) have relied on Penny Simkin's guidance in caring for the new mother from the last few weeks of pregnancy through the early postpartum period. Fully revised in its fourth edition, The Birth Partner remains the definitive guide for preparing to help a woman through childbirth and the essential manual to have at hand during the event. This completely updated edition includes thorough information on:Preparing for labor and knowing when it has begunNormal labor and how to help the woman every step of the wayEpidurals and other medications for laborNon-drug techniques for easing labor painCesarean birth and complications that may require itBreastfeeding and newborn careAnd that is just a start. For the partner who wishes to be truly helpful in the birthing room, The Birth Partner, 4th Edition is indispensable.